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Roles that Voice Overs Play in Amusement Parks

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

August 2, 2009

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Mother and daughter on a rideHave you ever noticed the voice overs that are played at amusement parks and on rides?

From my experience, voice overs at theme parks, fairs, and the like have one of three purposes, which are to Entertain, Teach, and help keep you Safe.

You may have also noticed that often two of those purposes are combined, if not all three.

Learn more now!

Entertainment

Not too long ago, we explored the voices of the Disney Monorail and the voice actors behind the magic. An interview with legendary voice talent, the late Thurl Ravenscroft, is displayed on our video blog demonstrating how voice over is used in exhibits at Disney World on rides such as the Haunted Mansion. Ravenscroft performed a number of the voices at Disney in addition to other work such as the voice of Tony the Tiger for Kellogg's.

Educational

In Chicago at Navy Pier, there is a male voice over that shares historical facts about the city's first Ferris Wheel and describes other points of interest to captive audiences as they ride for seven minutes and get a whole new perspective of life in The Windy City. The voice over is interspersed with thematic anthems celebrating Chicago as sung by Frank Sinatra. Perhaps you've encountered similar voice overs at parks meant to educate as well as entertain?

Safety

Another example of how voice over is used at parks is to instruct, instill caution, and remind passengers of their responsibilities during the ride to make their experience a safe and enjoyable one. These reminders could be to pull the safety bar down, fasten seat belts, or to keep arms and legs inside the ride at all times. There may even be instruction for what to do if the rider becomes ill and wants to get off. Near the end of the ride, the voice over lets passengers know that the ride is coming to an end and thanks them for riding while giving directions on where to exit.

In tomorrow's article, we'll talk about why voice overs in amusement parks are necessary and beneficial from an owners point of view.

What Do You Think of Voice Overs in Amusement Parks?

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts and comments!

Best wishes,

Stephanie

Related Topics: amusement parks, Chicago, Disney, entertainment, Monorail, recordings, voice acting, voice overs, voice talent


Comments


    The first VO I ever memorized was for the Jurassic Park The Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood. I can to this day recite it perfectly.....and impress many people in the line there when I do. Theme parks started my passion for VO.

    How can you land a gig for a new theme park ride?

    Please Stand Clear of the Opening Doors and Enjoy your Ride...on GOLIATH!
    This show involves the use of live pyrotechnic special effects. Thank you for your cooperation and enjoy the show.
    I can remember hundreds of them.

    Posted by:
    • Brent Allen
    • August 2, 2009 3:42 PM

      Hey Stephanie!

      I agree- a good voice over can really enhance a great ride!

      Several years back I had the opportunity to voice a character for a zoo in SC. It was a small train ride for kids and the event was their annual 'Boo at the Zoo' in October. I was the voice of a lost howler monkey that had to go through several 'scary' things while searching for his mom. It was so much fun to record!

      The Haunted Mansion is still my favorite though :)

      Kara

      Posted by:

        I have always wanted to be the voice that says "Keep your hands in the car"

        Posted by:

          Hi Stephanie,

          I am actually the voice of an amusement park: Hard Rock Park at Myrtle Beach in South Carolina! It's actually one of the first jobs that came to me through an online casting service.

          What I've never been entirely sure of is why they wanted a British voice though. My best guess is that in an American park they needed something different to cut through the "white noise" of a lot of American voices.

          Mike

          Posted by:

            I love the voice of the Atlantis ride at Legoland in San Diego. I wouldn't go on it, but while waiting for my husband and son I must have heard her welcoming us to Atlantis about 30 times. She was good -- that could have been really annoying otherwise.

            Posted by:
            • Diane Havens
            • August 3, 2009 9:16 AM

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